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Specialist Orthoptist

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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Other allied health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an excellent opportunity for an Orthoptist to join our Orthoptic Department at Addenbrooke's Hospital. We welcome an experienced Orthoptist or newly qualified Orthoptists who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in Orthoptics and Ophthalmology.

A newly-qualified Orthoptist would start at Band 5 and progress to a Band 6 role upon successful training.

Addenbrooke's Hospital is a large teaching hospital and a research centre with strong affiliations with Cambridge University. It has a rich history of breaking the barriers of modern medicine and providing compassionate care for the patients.

You will have a varied and interesting workload with the opportunity to work alongside ophthalmologists who are experts in their field including strabismus, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro-ophthalmology and more.

We provide a clear pathway for career progression and plenty of opportunities to gain experience in extended roles, with a good level of training and mentoring provided.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide timely Paediatric and Adult Orthoptic Services at Addenbrooke's NHS Trust and off site Community Services, including specialist Orthoptic Services.
  • Participate in extended orthoptic clinical roles.
  • Personally deliver clinical supervision and instruction to Orthoptists, undergraduate Orthoptists and other healthcare professionals.
  • Contribute to departmental teaching, research and audit.
  • Ensure that the policies and procedures of the Department of Orthoptics and Addenbrooke's NHS Trust are adhered to.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

The advert will close at midnight on 1 August 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on 19 August 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Orthoptic qualification recognised for State Registration (Diploma or Degree)
  • State registration with the HCPC


  • Recognised clinical teaching qualification



  • Experience of orthoptic assessment of children and adults
  • Experience of Humphrey visual fields including visual field interpretation
  • Experience of Orthoptic-optom led Clinics and Community Clinics


  • Experience of clinical supervision and assessment of students
  • Participation in Paediatric Ophthalmology related extended role



  • Evidence of good Orthoptic knowledge relating to management of complex ocular motility and assessment of children and adults
  • Good awareness of Health and Safety issues relating to the delivery of services off site


  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Trust policies and procedures



  • Ability to maintain clear and accurate patient records
  • Demonstrates evidence of ability to educate others
  • Able and willing to undertake Ophthalmic training / ophthalmic course


  • Self-motivated
  • Demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent administrative skills

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrates a good awareness of own role and responsibilities within a team
  • Awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Maintain reflective CPD portfolio following BIOS / HCPC guidelines
  • Work to requirements of the Code of Practice and Professional Standards of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division D

Hills Road



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